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June 3 1985 Puffin Books
Erica, a lover of motorcycles, finds her country holiday dreary until she runs into a cat with false teeth, new friends with interesting names, and a lot of motorcycles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin UK; New edition edition (June 3 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014031587X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140315875
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,777,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A holiday in the country takes a twist for a city girl who is a motorcycle buff in this story that won the Carnegie Medal. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Jan Mark Oct. 7 2004
By Rory Coker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This one does not disappoint and is even better than Mark's prize-winning THUNDER AND LIGHTNINGS. Pre-teen Erica has a secret love, motorcycles. When she is sent for "vacation" to a remote, rural area of England, in an isolated household occupied by three scarcely-human creeps, she finds her life revolving around picking and selling vegetables from the household's garden. Not much chance to see motorcycles here, presumably. But a visit to the nearest village introduces her to an "industrial park" consisting only of a seedy, muddy alley, and... a MOTORCYCLE REPAIR SHOP!

Every detail of this fine novel aimed at "young adults" rings true, the characters intended to be likeable are extremely so, and there is actually a plot of sorts, ultimately involving the creative "tatooing" of what the Brits call "vegetable marrows," which I take to be a kind of cucumber. Several of the characters, for example the owner of the motorcycle repair shop, silently bear crosses of a sort which would be crushing to the weak. Whatever your age, in reading this book you will spend a couple of hours with people you like, in realistic and interesting situations, and you will learn some important lessons about real life in the bargain.
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